Story

In the country town of Springfield, Lisa Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) starts a campaign to rid the local lake of pollution. Her father, Homer (Dan Castellaneta), decides that the rules do not apply to him and proceeds to dump a load of pig manure into the recently cleaned lake. This causes a natural disaster of toxic proportions, which means the government must isolate the town by enclosing it in a large glass dome. Naturally, the townspeople are less than happy and the Simpson family barely escape. After much soul-searching, Marge (Julie Kavner) decides to return to Springfield to try to save it from being permanently wiped out. Homer and Bart (Nancy Cartwright) eventually follow and Homer manages to save the town.

Themes

Environmental disaster; animal cruelty; substance abuse

Violence

  • A mouse (from the Itchy & Scratchy cartoon) spears a cat with a flag while they are on the moon. The mouse then beats the cat’s helmet until the cat’s eyes explode.
  • The ‘president’ of mice from the same cartoon presses a nuclear bomb button to launch warheads to the moon to destroy the cat. The cat swallows the warheads and explodes, spreading body parts everywhere.
  • When a cartoon version of the band Green Day mention the environment at a concert, the townspeople throw rocks and rubbish at them and their pontoon until it sinks. The drummer is hit in the groin with a rock.
  • Homer ‘strangles’ Bart numerous times.
  • A bully hits a boy in the head so that he falls to the ground.
  • Bart repeatedly shoots Homer with an air gun while Homer is carrying a load of bricks.
  • Homer pulls a pig’s tail to make him squeal.
  • An old woman washes her cats on a washboard at the side of the lake.
  • With his car, Homer purposely runs over an old man holding a sign near the lake. He later reverses over another person.
  • Bart jabs a mutant squirrel in its many eyes with a stick.
  • A child is bounced off a seesaw and flung into the wall of the glass dome.
  • A resident is squashed flat under the rim of the dome.
  • Birds fly into the wall of the dome and get squashed. Cats are waiting below for them to fall down.
  • The police try to break the dome by shooting bullets, which ricochet off, bounce back and injure them.
  • The townspeople poke Homer in the backside with a pitchfork and throw an electric saw at his head. As he disappears down a hole into a sandpit, they scratch and claw at his head. One person fires an arrow that lodges into his scalp.
  • Lisa hits Bart in the face, knocking him down.
  • The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) throws his binoculars at his second in charge. They miss, hit a vehicle, bounce back, hit the wall of the dome, then bounce off to hit him in the head.
  • Homer has many accidents that result in injury. These include nailing his own leg to the roof, falling through the roof, and falling on his head while riding a motorcycle inside the sphere.
  • A man strikes the wall of the dome with a large fish, and an elephant is encouraged to run into it to try and break it. The elephant collapses.
  • A video game shows a walrus shooting a dancing penguin. The force of the shot shoots the penguin through a window.
  • A polar bear attacks a dog.
  • During a vision, Homer is repeatedly hit by trees. His body is then dissected into small pieces and put back together again.
  • Homer drives sled dogs with a whip all day and into the night. When he releases them from their harnesses, they attack him.
  • Homer has an accident with a wrecking ball and is beaten up by it.
  • Bart and Lisa kick each other in their sleep.
  • Mo and Barney throw a Molotov cocktail to each other.
  • Homer hits a security guard in the face.
  • Townspeople throw rocks at Homer.
  • A bomb disposal robot shoots itself in the head to commit suicide.
  • A victimised child takes revenge on bullies by beating them up with a plank of wood.
  • A resident is killed by a falling shard of glass.
  • Maggie drops a rock on to the head of the EPA as he threatens to shoot Homer and Bart with a shotgun.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

  • A beam of light descends on Grandpa Simpson. He goes into a prophetic outburst and ends up having a seizure on the floor of the church.
  • Homer gives himself an electric shock with a bug zapper in the lake.
  • A squirrel transforms into a mutant with many eyes after jumping into the polluted lake.
  • The newsreader’s face suddenly sags (due to a shortage of Botox). He pulls the excess skin up behind his neck and fastens it tight with a peg.
  • Maggie and the rest of the family, including their house, are sucked down a sinkhole in the sandpit.
  • Homer has an hallucination in an Inuit’s hut that involves humanoid trees, multiple images of Homer falling down stairs, and Homer becoming disembodied as his head melts.
  • A large image of an Inuit woman appears in the Aurora Borealis guiding Homer towards the direction he should take.

From 5-8

Children in this age group could also be scared by the scenes and images described above, as well as by the following:

  • On many occasions, children are strangled, beaten or hurt.
  • Bart has an accident on his skateboard and is flung into the window of a café.
  • Bart is handcuffed by the police and left restrained to a pole naked for the rest of the day. Passers-by tease him.
  • A pig is threatened with a saw.
  • Fish in the lake are stunned with a bug zapper and they float to the surface. Homer then tries to chew on one and receives an electric shock in the process.
  • Homer turns a pig upside down and makes it walk across the ceiling.
  • Maggie is separated briefly from Marge on the other side of the dome.
  • Bart claps his hands and sets off an avalanche that buries Homer briefly.
  • Marge takes the children and leaves Homer in Alaska.
  • Marge and the children are captured as they try to return to Springfield to save it from being blown up. They are shackled, put into the back of a prison van, and gassed to sleep.

From 8-13

  • Homer dares Bart to climb up the TV aerial on the roof of the house. Homer then shakes the aerial shouting, ‘Earthquake!’ until Bart falls off, clutching at the gutter.
  • A dead body wrapped in plastic is dragged down to the lake.
  • The townspeople riot and approach the Simpson’s house with torches and weapons.
  • Conjoined twins threaten to hit their husband with rolling pins.
  • A pack of dogs chases residents out of Mr Burns’s house.
  • Homer and Bart ride up the side of the dome on a motorcycle so that Bart can throw a bomb out of a hole at the top. Bart nearly falls from the motorcycle just before the throw. Their descent down involves a ride over a canyon where they almost crash.
  • Mr Burns tells Smithers that while he has never considered suicide before. It might be fun for Smithers to watch him do it.

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

  • A woman at the Green Day concert exposes a t-shirt covering her expansive chest. On the t-shirt is printed, ‘Not my boyfriend ↓’. She is sitting on the shoulders of Principal Skinner.
  • Millhouse propositions Lisa with the phrase, ‘C’mon over, Lisa. You can canvas me as long as you want’.
  • Bart says, ‘The girls may see my doodle’.
  • During grace, Flanders mistakenly says, ‘Don’t forget to thank the Lord for this bountiful – penis!?’
  • A potato chip is held up as a phallic symbol at Bart’s groin.
  • A television show refers to bestiality.  Homer turns to the pig sitting on the couch and says, ‘Don’t you get any ideas ... Should we just kiss to break the tension?’
  • Homer alludes to masturbation saying, ‘Give it two shakes and it’s playing with yourself’.
  • Homer says to the Inuit woman, ‘Thank you, Boob Lady’.
  • The Inuit woman whips her breasts around to indicate which direction Homer should go.
  • Grabbing his groin, Homer says, ‘Now Homer Simpson is going to show he has kahooners!’

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

  • Bart drinks from a whisky bottle supplied in the mini-bar of a motel, and ends up drunk.
  • Homer refers to Alaska as being ‘(a) place where you can’t be too fat or too drunk’.
  • There is a scene in Mo’s tavern where the patrons are drinking at the bar and then steal the alcohol during a blackout.
  • Marge and the children are gassed with an anaesthetising substance while in the back of a prison van.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • Bart skateboards naked down the streets of Springfield. 
  • Bart is flung naked into the window of the café while the Flanders are dining.
  • Bart is handcuffed to a pole while still naked and left to be teased by the locals.  He is then taken, partly dressed, by Homer into the café.
  • Homer sticks both middle fingers up in a rude gesture to the townspeople as he disappears down the sinkhole.
  • Two male police officers walk towards a door, kiss each other in a passionate embrace, and fall on top of each other as they throw open the door.
  • Disney-like animals help Marge and Homer to undress, revealing sexy underwear, as they prepare to spend some adult time together without the children.
  • Marge and Homer are seen kissing passionately in their wedding video, and later on a motorcycle.

Product placement

The blockbuster movies Spider-Man and Happy Feet are mentioned.

Coarse language

This movie contains some mild coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

The Simpsons Movie is a feature-length version of the long-running American cartoon series of the same name. The series has always been controversial, dividing its viewers between those regarding it as crude and offensive, and those regarding it as enlightened and funny. The movie will no doubt do the same.

The main messages from this movie are the need to respect the environment and protect it from the detrimental effects of pollution, and the importance of family cohesion. You might like to talk to your child about the values presented in this movie, such as honesty and determination against all odds. And you might also like to talk about the real-life consequences of violence, lack of respect for authority, animal cruelty and poor eating habits.